Briefs – Excentric Body-Circus at The Tipi


If Chancellor Merkel was working late in her office on Thursday night, then she may have wondered about the noise coming from the Tipi am Kanzleramt, but a packed house had just seen a spectacular show from Australian burlesque troupe, Briefs, and wanted them to know it!

It’s almost impossible to describe this full-throttle show without spoilers, but expect very high-heels, very fit bodies, very ‘Aussie’ humour and breathtaking circus spectacle. It’s definitely not suitable for children, but all the better for that.

Hailing from Brisbane, this immensely talented all-male septet have only been together for six years but compliment each other perfectly in both their solo acts and well-drilled group routines.

Having first seen this show a year ago, it has grown and matured into something very special and thoroughly deserves this five-week run at The Tipi.

And one tip: if you are sitting near the front and are offered a waterproof cape – take it, you’ll need it!


Louis Biggs

Evil Hate Monkey

Thomas Worrell

Fez Faanana

All Pics:Xamax


Briefs Excentric Body-Circus

May 7th to June 10th

Tuesday to Saturday at 20:00 (entry from 18:30)

Sunday at 19:00 (entry from 17:30)

Tickets 030 390 665 50 or

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Early-Bird discount for Cabaret, 2015 season


(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

This spectacular production of Cabaret returns to the Tipi am Kanzleramt this summer and you can get 25% off tickets prices if you book by June 1st.

Based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood and the stage adaptation I am a Camera by John van Druten, Cabaret takes you directly to the last years of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the fascism that ended the ‘golden twenties’.

“The year 1929 is drawing to a close as the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw arrives in Berlin, in search of material for his new novel. He rents a cheap room in Fräulein Schneider’s guesthouse. He spends his first evening in one of the many temples to pleasure that Berlin had to offer in the 1920s – The Kit Kat Klub, where he meets Fräulein Sally Bowles…… “ 

(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

Cabaret – Das Musical

June 20th to September 20th 2015

Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm (20:00), Sundays at 7pm (19:00)

Tipi am Kanzleramt

Große Querallee, 10557, Berlin-Tiergarten

030 39 06 65 50

For discount, book tickets under the keyword “Early-Bird”

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Jeanne Mammen



Artist and Illustrator Jeanne Mammen lived and worked on the fourth floor of the rear building at Ku’damm 29 for over 50 years. Berlin born, she studied art in Paris, Brussels and Rome before returning home to work as an Illustrator for fashion magazines and as a poster designer for film company Ufa.  Her first exhibition at the Galerie Gurlitt, in 1930, was universally acclaimed by Berlin art critics and took its inspiration from the streets, featuring depictions of strong, confident women and the burgeoning lesbian community of the late 1920s.


(pic: Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung)

Her work was denounced by the Nazi regime and banned from publication, forcing her into poverty.  During the war she made a small income by selling second-hand books and journals from a handcart in the streets, and creating art from the rubble left by the bombing. After the war she joined the existentialist cabaret Die Badewanne (The Bathtub) creating scenery, backdrops and costumes, but lead a very reclusive life amid a very small circle of artistic friends.



She continued to draw and paint right up to her death at the age of 86, and her work is now in the permanent collection of the Berlinische Galerie. It is possible to take a tour of her studio at Ku’damm 29 by contacting Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung at


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A Walk Along The Ku’damm

I am thrilled to announce that my first book has just been published to Kindle and is now available to buy.

Below are all the links to various territories it is available in. Hopefully a print version will follow in the not too distant future

I hope you enjoy it and walk the walk!



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Review – Oropax in Chaos Royal at the Tipi am Kanzleramt

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It wasn’t the usual start to proceedings for the Tipi’s resident Hausdame, Marlene Deluxe, when her nightly “Welcome to the Tipi/ please extinguish the candles/switch off mobile phones/ thank you to the sponsors and have a lovely evening” speech was derailed by the arrival on-stage of the Oropax crew – the chaos had begun!

Sets are positioned, props arrive, lights are adjusted and an announcement made on how late the show will actually begin… It doesn’t of course.

(pic – Tipi am Kanzleramt)

Brothers Volker & Thomas Martins are exceptional, gifted performers and a joy to watch. With a 30-year history of performing and 20 years as a duo, the jokes, puns and absurd comedy characters come thick and fast.

It felt, at times, like a combination of the physicality of a young Reeves & Mortimer combined with the dense and layered wordplay of Round The Horne – with a lot of toilet gags thrown in for good measure.

It is, however, not a show for non-native German speakers – when your native-German, fluent-English companion explains that you need to know about a 1960s Czech children’s TV character to get the joke, you know you are out of your depth!


(pic – Tipi am Kanzleramt)

A thoroughly enjoyable if, at times, mystifying evening and the full-house audience on the first night were hooked-in right from the start.


14. January – 2. February 2015 (not Jan 25th)

Tues – Sat 20:00, entry from 18:30

Sun 19:00, entry from 17:30

Tickets: € 16,60 – 29,50

Concessions: € 12,50

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